Re: First draft of Stepping Stones -- Markamaticproposal. Please read and comment. Details are very negotiablebut the concept is not!

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Sun Dec 12 2004 - 21:57:04 CST

Hello Doug:

OK, that's a model worth examining furthur. So, what weak links in the
various product lines have you observed? Also, by industrial partners, are
you referring to the 'Big 3' voting equipment makers? If not, of whom were
you thinking? I can see that adopting the model you have suggested (if I
understand what you're saying) would be quite a change for the OVC. I
understand OVC to want to have its own line of equipment.

How to get there from here. One person's opinion:

1. Continue with devloping the Markamatic (actually the EVM2003 -- see the
glossary at All the pluses in the
original Markamatic proposal go here.
2. Enter into a relationship with a vendor or vendors (licensing?) to get a
more reliable cash stream. The vendor deals with the certification issues.
3. Continue developing the OVC line of open source voting equipment.

What do you think folks?

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

Douglas W. Jones wrote:
> On Dec 10, 2004, at 10:25 AM, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:
>> Hello Doug:
>> Dang! Any other ideas on how we can move forward?
> It's still worthwhile to move forward on parts, but the focus
> of the OVC should be on finding industrial partners. Linux
> works because IBM, HP, SGI and others have bought in. We need
> buy-in from vendors.
> So, we should be looking for the weakest links in the vendor
> product lines and building OVC replacements that can "drop in"
> to those products, with minimal work on the vendor's parts,
> and then we should make those replacements so compellingly
> obvious in their desirability that the vendors conclude that
> they are better off going with the OVC product than in spending
> the money to repair and upgrade their weak links.
> Why develop yet another C++ compiler when you can get Gnu C++?
> So, get Gnu C++, and it it's not quite good enough for your
> application, contribute to its improvement, join in the open
> software movement.
> This model lets the vendor pay for certification, and it tosses
> the ball into the vendor's laps to start pushing for modified
> standards that simplify certification for those who use
> parts that conform to "plug and play" standards of ineroperability.
> Doug Jones
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